Arsenal icon Kevin Campbell has claimed that Reiss Nelson would be a good shout to replace Nicolas Pepe on the Gunners’ right-hand side of attack.
Pepe was sent off in Arsenal’s last Premier League game, the goalless draw at Leeds, after appearing to headbutt Ezgjan Alioski in the second half of the encounter.
The 25-year-old will now miss the Gunners’ next three league games, and Mikel Arteta has some thinking to do in terms of who to deploy in that position this weekend.
Former Arsenal striker Campbell has suggested academy graduate Nelson – who replaced Willian at the break – as a possible candidate.
“You could bring in Reiss Neison to play on that right-hand side,” he told Highbury Squad‘s YouTube channel. “I thought Reiss Neison did pretty well when he came on.
“He worked very hard, and it was down to 10 men. Listen, any player who is going to pull on that shirt has to put a shift in. That’s the bare minimum, and Reiss Neison has done that.”
Nelson is one of the brightest talents to emerge from Hale End in recent years and, despite strong competition in attack, has more than proven he’s worth a start for the Gunners.
With Willian having suffered a downturn in form and Pepe suspended for the next three Premier League games, the 20-year-old might have just climbed a few notches up the pecking order.